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St. Thomas Man Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison for Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced today Michael Lewis, 36, to 75 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Judge Gomez ordered Lewis to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 400 hours of community service.

On October 28, 2015, Lewis pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to the plea agreement filed with the court on June 23, 2015, officers from the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) attempted to conduct a field interview with Lewis who took off running. As Lewis was running from VIPD officers, a butt of a firearm was seen protruding from his front right pocket. He was later apprehended in a residence where he had discarded three firearms. VIPD officers recovered those firearms. Lewis is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands. He has three prior felony convictions, two for unauthorized possession of a firearm and one for third degree assault, all in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

“A great example of local and federal agencies working together to remove armed felons from the streets of our communities," said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Carlos A. Canino.

This case was investigated jointly by the ATF and the VIPD. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Updated March 3, 2016